Image Entertainment 8-K 2006
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 Or 15(D) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 29, 2006
IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
20525 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200, Chatsworth, California 91311
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On March 29, 2006, the Compensation Committee (the Compensation Committee) of the Board of Directors (the Board) of Image Entertainment, Inc. (the Company) and the full Board approved the acceleration of vesting for all unvested stock options granted under the Companys equity compensation plans. Based on $3.73, the closing sale price of the Companys common stock on The Nasdaq National Market on March 29, 2006, the accelerated options comprised approximately 402,500 unvested stock options with an exercise price below the closing price and approximately 724,830 unvested stock options with an exercise price above the closing price.
In connection with the vesting acceleration, the Compensation Committee and Board also imposed a holding period on the shares underlying the accelerated options, which would prevent the sale or other transfer of such shares until the date the shares would have vested under the original vesting schedule of the respective option; except that the holding period will end upon the close of a change in control transaction.
The form of the option agreement amendment is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated by reference.
The accelerated vesting will enable the Company to minimize recognizing future compensation expense associated with its outstanding options upon adoption of Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R, Share-Based Payment (SFAS 123R). SFAS 123R will require that compensation expense associated with stock options be recognized in the statement of operations, rather that as a footnote disclosure in the Companys consolidated statements, beginning in its first fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2006. Assuming no material change in the Companys current stock price, the Company estimates that the aggregate future expense that will be eliminated as a result of the acceleration of the vesting of these options is approximately $650,445, for its 2007 fiscal year, beginning April 1, 2006, and approximately $1,232,928 over the remaining vesting period of the options.
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
The Companys next annual meeting of stockholders will be held on October 10, 2006. The Companys definitive proxy materials will be mailed to stockholders on September 4, 2006.
Unless otherwise required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or any changes in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any forward-looking statements are based.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.